Next Game

Hearts v Dumbarton

Saturday, 14 March 2015, 15:00

Scots Champ

Last Game

Hearts 10 - 0 Cowdenb'th

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 15:00

Scots Champ

Hearts boss grateful for help

Hearts boss Gary Locke believes the Jambos' act of faith in appointing a club chaplain is one of the reasons behind his side's recent good form.

Last Updated: 01/05/14 at 15:27 Post Comment

Gary Locke: Hearts boss thankful of backroom help

Gary Locke: Hearts boss thankful of backroom help

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The relegation-bound Gorgie outfit may be heading for the Championship but there is a mood of optimism running round Tynecastle.

A deal to take the Edinburgh side out of administration should be completed within weeks while Sunday's 2-1 win over city rivals Hibernian was their fourth derby success from five clashes this season.

And Locke revealed the positive vibes that have followed a five-match unbeaten run have been boosted by the assistance of Reverend Andy Prime.

The Edinburgh minister joins the Jambos once a week at their Riccarton training base to offer emotional support and a sounding-board for frustrated first-team figures.

Locke said: "It's been a right team effort and we are all delighted that there has been such an improvement.

"But it's not just happened on the pitch. The young boys have all grown up in terms of dealing with things off the park. They have improved as people too.

"That's credit to all the backroom staff like Billy Brown, Alan Combe, Dave Sykes, Robbie Neilson and even guys like our chaplain Andy Prime, who has played a huge role.

"Andy has been great. We know him round here as Charlie - Charlie Chaplain. He comes in most Thursdays and is good to have about the place.

"He speaks to the players about anything they need to get off their chests. Whether it's giving me stick or anything else.

"It wasn't something I brought in, he's been here for a couple of years now. But we had something similar when I was at Killie and I felt it was fantastic.

"Players always have wee issues they don't want to discuss with the manager so Charlie does his thing on a Thursday and it gives the players a chance to sound off about anything bothering them.

"There might not be a problem but he will have a chat with them anyway. You sometimes need someone to deal with those emotional issues. I don't ask him about what they talk about though - that's between them.

"Have I used him? I've used him all season. I just see him as part of my backroom team. He's a fantastic person and a big help to us all."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Mark Hughes angered by officials in Stoke win over Hull

Mark Hughes was pleased with Stoke's 1-0 win over Hull but angered after the officials missed a challenge on Stephen Ireland.

Sean Dyche downbeat after Burnley lose to Swansea defeat at Turf Moor

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his side must start turning performances into wins after losing 1-0 to Swansea at Turf Moor.

Jonas Gutierrez wants top-10 finish for Newcastle after return

Jonas Gutierrez has targeted a top-10 finish with Newcastle after returning to the squad for the win against Aston Villa.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company